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A contemporary adventure based on Mayan mythology from Rick Riordan Presents!
Zane Obispo spends every day exploring the sleeping volcano in his backyard. "The Beast," as he calls it, is the one place where he can escape other kids, who make fun of him because he has a limp and walks with a cane.
A fter a twin-engine plane crashes into The Beast, a mysterious girl named Brooks shows up at Zane's doorstep, insisting that they meet at the volcano, where she will reveal a terrible secret. Zane agrees, mostly because beautiful girls like her don't usually talk to him. Brooks tells him that the volcano is actually a centuries-old prison for the Mayan god of death, whose destiny is directly tied to Zane's. No way , Zane thinks. He's just a thirteen-year old nobody, and destiny or no destiny, he wants nothing to do with any of it , especially some god of death.
But Brooks opens his eyes to the truth: magic, monsters, and gods are real, and Zane is at the center of an ancient prophecy that could mean the destruction of the world.Suddenly finding himself entangled in a web of dangerous secrets, Zane embarks on a quest that will take him far from home and test him to the very core.
Feisty heroes, tricky gods, murderous demons, and spirited giants are just some of the pleasures that await in this fresh and funny take on Mayan mythology, as rich and delicious as a mug of authentic hot chocolate.

Hardcover, 448 pages
Published on September 18, 2018 by Rick Riordan Presents
ISBN-10: 1368016340
ISBN-13: 9781368016346
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  • 4usa
    4usaThursday, June 25, 2020 at 6:53 am55 stars
    This is a great book! In this book based on Mayan mythology 13 year old Zane must escape his destiny of freeing the God of death and destruction! Zane lives in New Mexico with his mother, his dog Rosie, and his volcano that he has time to climb because of the fact that he is home schooled! His schooling was determined by the fact that he was picked on for having a bum leg! One day while climbing the volcano that he loves an aircraft crashes into the center of it! Zane can't believe his eyes the pilot is unharmed but the more unbelievable phenomenon is that it doesn't appear to be human! Later he finds a girl named Brooks who tells him that he is a demigod and that the monster who piloted the aircraft was a creature of Mayan mythology who was trying to find the God that Zane was destined to release! Now it is up to them to thwart this prophesy but how when if he doesn't follow thru with it he will lose his dog and his new friend! He releases the God who then claims him to be his hunter of death! The only way to save himself and the world is to embrace his Godly side and defeat the God!
    • inmemoryofcpr
      inmemoryofcprSunday, March 1, 2020 at 1:47 pm44 stars
      A prophecy was made a long time ago, and Zane will be the one to fulfill it. But when one day Brooks shows up on his doorstep, she reveals everything to him, and is determined to stop the disaster. Pretty good book! Not as good as Percy jackson but still has the same flavor as it! I recommend it!
      • abi_k_12
        abi_k_12Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 12:01 pm44 stars
        This book was about Zane, the weird kid at school with a bum leg. One day, a girl named Brooks appears. She tells him that he is special to a Mayan prophecy. They have many adventures together, meet gods, giants, battle demons, and so much more! I connected to this book because I related to Zane when he found out that he was apart of something much bigger than him. I give this book 4 stars because I liked the detailing, and the plot, and it was a good and interesting read.
        • jayaWednesday, May 29, 2019 at 10:22 pm
          it was AMAZING i loved it
          • hiWednesday, May 29, 2019 at 3:01 pm
            Its a great book
            • Jake1232Friday, May 24, 2019 at 11:21 am
              It looks interesting and I want to read it now
              • MaxiFan857Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 2:33 pm
                i wanna read it
                • MayaMonday, May 20, 2019 at 6:52 am
                  Perfect book it is so beautiful and inspiring
                  • kappakappak
                    kappakappakSunday, May 19, 2019 at 7:44 am55 stars
                    I love this book to the extreme.
                    • kappakappak
                      kappakappakSunday, May 19, 2019 at 7:34 am55 stars
                      I think this book is awesome.

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